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Yes Morant has eyebrow-raising comments about Michael Jordan

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Overconfidence is often the product of skill, ignorance, hard work, or perhaps a combination of the three. Following Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant’s recent comments on Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, some said he’s showing those signs.

Morant spoke to Rooks during an interview about his admiration for the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan, but when she asked him what would happen if he played the Hall of Famers in his day, the brazen young point guard said , he’d “cook” the all-time greats.

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As you can imagine, on an otherwise quiet day of NBA news, the response raised a few eyebrows. Some of the reactions to Morant’s comments are as entertaining as the Grizzlies keepers’ words. Fox’s Undisputed’s Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless had some interesting comments in response to Morant’s comments.

It sounded like Morant was referring to a one-on-one situation when he said he would “cook” Jordan, and that’s probably hard to believe for a number of reasons.

First, one-on-one is usually a game that favors a larger man. Jordan at 6’6″ 215lbs in his prime compared to Morant at 6’3″ 170lbs would be a mismatch favoring his airiness. Stylistically, Jordan’s back-to-the-basket game allows him to score a little easier than Morant, who is more of a pure slasher whose jump shot is still developing.

It’s difficult to imagine Morant stopping Jordan’s pull-up and fadeaway jump shot in a one-on-one. While Morant’s claims may be a little far-fetched, there are a few factors that should be considered before the world takes a hard hit on the young star.

Trust is often the deciding factor between talented players going from good to great. Elite athletes need to have the courage to believe they are the best in the world at what they do, and Morant isn’t the first player to take that approach.

A very young Kobe Bryant told Jordan that I would “kick your ass in a one-on-one.”

Some might argue that Bryant had more right to say such a thing than Morant, but remember, Kobe was even younger than Ja at the time. I’m sure Jordan felt the same way about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

That’s the mentality of most of the best players in the world and quite frankly, most fans wouldn’t let the stars of their teams see them any differently. If Bulls fans could sprinkle a little of that moxie on Patrick Williams’ head, maybe there wouldn’t be much worry about the maturation of their own young star.

Most fans are talking about the bulls’ deals to bring in Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic, as well as the trades and signings that weren’t made. While adding more shooting and depth up front are still things Chicago might consider, the team may already have the best possible upgrade for their roster on the team.

Williams has the ability to transform into a legitimate 15-17 point-per-game player, shooting over 40% from three-point range, protecting top offensive players, providing weak lateral assist on defense and at the end can attack edge.

If Williams can develop into the player Chicago believes they can be this year, the Bulls will be an exponentially better team than some expect. Morant’s more immediate task could be figuring out how to cook the Bulls in 2022-23.

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